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The Carousel Aware Prize for Independent Authors: Shortlist

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Article by Alison Wells © 17 October 2016.
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The Carousel Aware Prize for the best independently published books in Ireland will be announced on Tuesday the 25th of October 2016.

Booker prizewinner Roddy Doyle is our most famous example of an author who once self-published their work and with technological advances, the way is now open for more authors to choose this alternative path to publication.

Judges include best-selling authors, Jax Miller, Louise Phillips and Claire Hennessey, as well as Books Ireland editor Tony Canavan and Carolann Copland, independent author and founder of the Cap Awards.

Says Carolann, “Self-publishing has changed the face of publishing as we know it and we think Ireland could do with a little nudge to help it along.”  The author of Summer Triangle and Scarred believes that “there is a natural and complementary link between writing and mental health,” and she is delighted that submission fees for the awards are going to support Aware, the mental health organisation.

Jax Miller, author of 2015 international bestseller Freedom’s Child, says, “As an author who has struggled with depression for years, I am thrilled to combine my passion for reading and writing with such a good cause that’s personal to my own story and the stories of so many I know.”

The winning entries will be announced on Tuesday the 25th of October in The Teacher’s Club in Parnell Square at 7pm.

Dubray Books and Easons, sponsors of the awards, will stock the winning titles nationwide.

Read the short list and book to attend at http://writingcap.ie/

Short Lists for The Carousel Aware Prize for Independent Authors
(The CAP Awards 2016)

BEST JUNIOR BOOK

To be judged by Carolann Copland and the children of St. Colmcille’s Junior National School, Knocklyon, Dublin

Fiona Buckley                  Better Than Gold
Dolores Keaveney           The Scary Spider
Aisli Madden                    Zenji and the Muzzy Bug
SP McArdle                     The Red Letter Day
Caroline Twomey            The Dream Catcher

BEST YOUNG ADULT BOOK

To be judged by Claire Hennessy

Siobhán Davis Saven Deception
Drew Darkwood Link
Brian Kirk The Rising Son
Alan Murphy Prometheus Unplugged!
Brendan O’ Connell Death’s New Lease on Life

BEST SHORT STORY ANTHOLOGY

To be judged by Louise Phillips

Kathryn Crowley         Sweaters and Small Stuff
Kevin Doyle                 Do You Like Oranges?
Annmarie Miles           The Long & The Short of it

BEST NON FICTION

To be judged by Tony Canavan

Corina Duyn                                               Into The Light
Sharyn Hayden                            I Forgot to Take My Pill
Lorna Sixsmith                 How to be a Perfect Farm Wife
Michael Turlow                                        The Marley Man
Fiona Van Dokku     From the Inside – Raising,Teaching
and Loving an Autistic Child

BEST NOVEL

To be judged by Jax Miller

Thomas Paul Burgess          White Church, Black Mountain
James Lawless                     American Doll
Pam Lecky                           The Bowes Inheritance
Neil Rochford                       The Blue Ridge Project
Orna Ross                            Her Secret Rose


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Alison Wells runs the Random Acts of Optimism blog and lives in Bray, Co. Wicklow with her husband and four children. Her short fiction been published in many magazines and online and print anthologies and she has been featured on Sunday Miscellany. Shortlisted for the Hennessy New Irish Writing Award, Bridport and Fish Prize's she has just completed a themed short story collection Random Acts of Optimism and a literary novel The Book of Remembered Possibilities. To read Alison's full blog, visit Head Above Water. Find out in her Random Acts of Optimism how she manages to juggle writing, children and life.

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